Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Kodaikanal Hill Station is a charming little hill Station situated at an altitude of 6,854 feet above sea level. In a state that is more famous for 'The Queen of Hill Stations', Kodaikanal Hill Station attracts as many tourists and has a fair share of its own die hard admirers. So much were people smitten by its beauty and sedateness that today it is referred to as 'The Princess of Hill Stations in south india tour. The name Kodaikanal means 'The Gift of Forest'.
Best Time & Climate :
Kodaikanal Hill Station has a subtropical climate. During summers (March to May) the average temperature ranges between 11Â°C to 20Â°C. Winters are very cool with maximum temperature is about 17Â°C and minimum touches about 8Â°C. During January, ice formations are seen in night and temperature can drop down to freezing level. Kodaikanal has average rainfall during monsoons (June to September).
Best time to visit here is all through the year, especially during summers and winters. Avoid monsoon.
How to get there ?
» By Air - Madurai is the nearest airport that is situated just around 120 Km from Kodaikanal. There are flights operating to and from all major cities of India. You can take a taxi from Madurai or a state transport bus for a 2 to 3 hrs drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal.
» By Rail - Kodai Road Railway station is the nearest rail head at a distance of 80 km away from Kodaikanal.
» By Road - Kodaikanal is well connected to all major cities of Tamil Nadu. The Capital city Chennai is around 520 Km, Ooty hill station is 264 km from here. Transport buses from nearby cities and towns ply to Kodaikanal with appreciable frequency. Luxury coaches are also an option. Inside the city, you will find cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws for short distance commute. For longer distances, state run and private buses are present in good number. Taxis are also a good option for touring inside the city.
Tourist Places :
» Star Shaped Lake - Star shaped lake is known as the Kodaikanal Lake, this is a man made lake which is probably the most liked attraction in the hill station. Situated right in the center of Kodaikanal, the lake was converted from a marshy land by former Collector Sir Vere Levinge. This star shaped lake covers an area of nearly 60 acres and provides facilities for boating. You can also take a horse ride by the sides of Kodaikanal Lake which is surrounded by different types of trees.
»Solar Observatory - One of the only three solar observatories in the world, the observatory in Kodaikanal is almost 75 years old. Located at a distance of 3 km from the lake and at an altitude of 2343 m., the observatory is at the highest point of Kodaikanal Hill Station. You can buy tickets for a show that is played in this observatory that will give you a glimpse of our solar system.
» Fairy Falls - Fairy falls have become an inseparable part of people of Kodaikanal as an interesting spot for picnics. It has also become famous among tourists for its crystal clear waters. A swim at the foot at the falls will leave surely leave you refreshed and re-energized.
» Coaker's Walk - Situated around 1 Km from the lake, the coaker's walk proves to be an exceptional place to get some of the most fascinating views of the surrounding areas. Named after the Lt. Coaker, it is situated on the southern end of Kodaikanal.
» Kurinji Andavar Temple - Dedicated to Lord Murugan, Kurinji Andavar Temple is situated at a calm and secluded place, some 3 km away from the star shaped lake. The beautiful temple gives you beautiful views of Northern Plains and Palani Hills.